Family Newsletter

12/13/20

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We always have a choice in how we respond...

Hello everyone-


I hope that you and your family are doing well. It has been a busy week at Robinson determining our plans for second semester. Due to changing enrollments for second semester, we will be hiring a 4th grade and a 5th grade teacher at Robinson. We have notified these families directly affected by this change via email earlier this week. We know that an additional transition for our students is not ideal and we will be working to ensure that these classrooms have additional supports in place to ensure a smooth transition. While the changes in staffing aren't what I would have chosen for our school community, I am focusing on all the ways that I can ensure this goes well for our children and putting these safeguards in place. I am confident that all of our students will have a successful second semester and that we will be #RobinsonStrong.


I put the quote above because during times of uncertainty we always have a choice in how we respond. I'm choosing to respond to these changes by being optimistic and surrounding myself with positive people and focusing on the things that are in my control. I'm modeling self-care for our staff and making sure that we all have a work-life balance. This weekend I got to zoom with some students from my previous building, I did the Scavenger Hunt safely from my home with my husband and then we handed out cocoa at school. On Sunday, I am baking LOTS of cookies for a cookie bake at school and sharing these surprise treats with all my neighbors in their mailboxes. Doing these activities with students, our school community, and sharing joy with others helps me to focus on the positive things that are still happening despite this Pandemic and other negatives that I could have focused on. I know that there are many challenges that each of us are facing right now and I am so proud of the way our staff and families are choosing to model focusing on the positives and sharing joy with others. Our children are learning the importance of giving back, empathy, and resilience. They are developing strong character and the choices we are all making are shaping their futures. Thank you everyone!


Special thanks to PTO for setting up our Robinson Scavenger Hunt! This was a big success and the families had fun participating! Thanks everyone for your help and participation!


Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or if we can provide support in any way. Thank you for your partnership in keeping the Robinson community safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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This Week's Schedule

Link to our school webpage calendar

Week of December 14th

This week is an B week

Online Book Fair last day is TODAY- use this link to shop


Monday, December 14

Students work in person with teachers


Tuesday, December 15

Students work in person with teachers

Picture Retake or Absentee Day- At Home learners 8-9am in the gym, in person 9-12


Wednesday, December 16

Twins Day Theme for our Wacky Wednesday- dress like a friend

Students work in person with teachers


Thursday, December 17

Students work in person with teachers


Friday, December 18

Students work online with teachers

Curbside Library Book Pick Up for At Home Students- additional information below

Robinson Cares Food Pantry 6:00-7:30- additional details below

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Picture Retake on Tuesday

ROBINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Absentee/Retake Picture Day is: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Wagner Portrait Group will be at school to photograph any students who were absent on the initial picture day or any student that needs his/her picture retaken. If you are having a picture taken as a RETAKE, please make sure your student returns their package in its entirety, including the package insert sheet, to the photographer. (Feel free to attach a note to describe what you’d like us to do differently.)

FOR ABSENTEE STUDENTS-


https://bit.ly/36WKEWU

Don’t forget to dress appropriately as the school dress code will apply. Please direct all questions, concerns, or special requests directly to Wagner Portrait Group. We are happy to help! 1-800-444-7986 info@wagnerportaitgroup.com

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Food Pantry on Friday

When: Friday, December 18 with additional dates below

Time: 6pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church

1110 S. Glenwood Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122

(Please use the Sanctuary Entrance located in front of the circle drive -- this entrance is handicap accessible)


  • MASKS MUST BE WORN INSIDE

  • Doors will open at 6 PM, not before

  • Families will enter the Sanctuary room (please be mindful of other families who are present and distance when possible)

  • There is a pass-through window to the kitchen. Families can approach the window one at a time and Trinity Church volunteers will “shop” for the items you request (this will help limit exposure for everyone)

  • A “Menu” of available items will be posted near the window

  • Quantities for each family will be limited, items are subject to availability

  • Food items offered (meat, frozen meals, bread, breakfast cereal, and limited quantities of milk, eggs, fruits, and vegetables)

  • There will also be household cleaning items as well as personal care items.

  • This month there will be HOLIDAY meal offerings as well as some extra winter and gift items and gift wrap

  • If you are unable to make it to the pantry you may fill out this form and Robinson Cares volunteers will “shop” for you and deliver your items to your home (food and household items only)

    • Form will be available December 11-December 17; Deliveries will be made December 18-20

  • Future Dates:

    • Thursday, January 14, 2021

    • Friday, February 19, 2021

    • Friday, March 19, 2021

    • Friday, April 9, 2021

    • Friday, May 21,2021





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Battle of the Books- Message from Mrs. Davis

Battle of the Books

Hi! Thanks to all students who have been working hard to read the books in the Battle of the Books this year! We will be having online tryouts next Friday, December 18th via Zoom at 8:15AM. The format will be a Google form and there will be two questions about each of the books. Students do not need to have read all of the books; they will only attempt the questions for the books they have read. Next Friday will be the only time to tryout for the Battle this year unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Students should check their Library Schoology course Friday morning for a Zoom link. An announcement will be made prior to Winter Break with the students who have made the team.


20 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will make it onto one of our two teams of 10 who will compete in our Kirkwood Elementary Battle in January. From there, 10 of those students will make it onto our final team to compete in the St. Louis area Battle of the Books (Date TBD). Good luck to all students who are trying out!

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Thank You to SSD for the new Communication Board on our Playground!

Just wanted to let you know that there is a new communication board on the playground! Please encourage your kids to look at it and use it to express themselves! Thanks Everyone!
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Snow Days remain the same for 20-21

Snow Days will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year. Specifically, suppose KSD cancels in-person learning due to inclement weather. In that case, we will follow the current school calendar, and the cancellation will be a traditional snow day for in-person and at-home or virtual students. The communication protocol will remain the same.


This decision was made because, during inclement weather, we often experience power outages, and online classes may not be possible. If we use all of the snow days (six) included in the 2020-21 school calendar, we will consider transitioning inclement weather days to all virtual days.


We will suspend the two-hour late start process this school year due to the current schedule.

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Updated Air Filtration Installation at Robinson

Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) equipment will be installed on all of the District’s heating and cooling units over the next few weeks. Installation should be completed by mid-January.


Pollutants, dust, allergens, mold, bacteria, and viruses are all common types of particles in the air. In many cases, you can’t see them. Through the process of needlepoint bi-polar ionization (NPBI)™, ions collide with particles resulting in a charge that attracts additional particles of opposite polarity. As a result, the particle grows larger and becomes easier to capture in filtration systems. It is an ozone-free system and is certified by independent laboratory testing to be both safe and effective. The equipment will be paid for by funding received through the Coronavirus Response Act (CARES) and the operating fund. The installation will be limited to work outside of the school buildings so vendors inside of our schools will be limited.


Several school districts in the area have installed this technology including Clayton School District, Mehlville School District, and Lindbergh School District.

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We know many of you have reached out regarding the yearbook this year ...

Yes, we are having one! Yay!

and

Yes, our online classmates and staff members will be included! Yay!


Yearbooks will be available for purchase online January 3rd - March 19th. Paper order forms will be sent home as well, probably around the end of January / beginning of February. For those of you interested in purchasing an ad in the yearbook, they will be available for purchase on the yearbook sales website starting January 3rd- March 12th. Yearbook ads will be available in 1/8 page size ($15), 1/4 page size ($25), 1/2 page size ($50), and a Full page size ($100). If you have any questions regarding the yearbook or ad, please email the yearbook committee at robinsonelementaryyb@gmail.com .

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Library Info & Updates

Today is the last day for online book fair, shop using the link below:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/georgerrobinsonelemschool1


Curbside pick up on Friday, December 18th. Please continue to use either this Google form or have your child place books on hold after logging into their Destiny Discover account.